To get inside AVA, buzz Nile Geisinger at the door and I will come down and let you in. AVA has a nice chill room down stairs that we will be using.
We will embark on a journey through time, as we discuss how applied mathematics became an important tool in our military's history. Operations Research was a sub-field of mathematics created to optimize the effectiveness of anti-submarine depth charges. Over the decades, the practice evolved into multiple applications requiring optimization problem solving, such as search pattern theory.
Part anecdotal and part mathematical, this presentation will review various "Lost at Sea Stories" that introduced Bayes' Theorem to the world. We'll talk about various sunken submarines and even a lost H-Bomb. The final scenario will tackle the most difficult search expedition of them all, the SS Central America: a vessel carrying over 15 tons of gold whose 1857 sinking caused the financial crisis, "The Panic of 1857."
Our mathematical analysis will involve an extensive use of Bayes' Theorem and how it applies to several probability maps (I'll bring handouts!). We'll also talk about how the Navy has absorbed the philosophy of mathematics in both land, sea, and air due to its effectiveness over the decades. It's a claim, but it's true. Hope to see you guys there!